I, Oliver Bonham-Carter 👋

Assistant Professor in Computer Science, Allegheny College

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I, Oliver Bonham-Carter 👋

Assistant Professor in Computer Science, Allegheny College

Writing Resources

The Steps of Writing an Introduction

Writing a thesis introduction is a crucial part of your overall thesis work. It sets the stage for your research and provides the reader with an overview of the key elements of your study. Here are the basic steps to help you write a compelling thesis introduction:

  1. Start with a Hook:

Begin your introduction with a compelling hook or an engaging anecdote that captures the reader’s attention. This could be a relevant quote, a surprising fact, or a thought-provoking question.

  1. Provide Background Information:

Give a brief overview of the general topic of your thesis. Provide enough context for readers to understand the broader subject area and the importance of your research within that context.

  1. State the Problem or Research Question:

Clearly articulate the problem or research question that your thesis aims to address. This should be concise and specific, outlining the gap in knowledge that your research intends to fill.

  1. Justify the Research:

Explain why your research is important and why it matters in the larger academic or practical context. Highlight the significance of addressing the identified problem or question.

  1. Present the Objectives or Hypotheses:

Outline the specific objectives of your research or, if applicable, state your hypotheses. This helps set the direction for your study and gives readers a clear understanding of what you aim to achieve.

  1. Provide an Overview of the Methodology:

Briefly describe the research design and methodology you used in your study. This includes the research approach, data collection methods, and analysis techniques. This gives the reader an idea of how you conducted your research.

  1. Highlight the Contribution:

Clearly state what contribution your research makes to the existing body of knowledge. Identify the gaps in the literature that your thesis addresses and emphasize how your work adds value to the field.

  1. Outline the Structure of the Thesis:

Provide a roadmap for the reader by outlining the structure of your thesis. Mention how the subsequent chapters are organized and briefly describe what each chapter will cover.

  1. Be Concise and Clear:

Keep your introduction concise and focused. Avoid unnecessary details and jargon. Clearly express your ideas in a way that is accessible to a broad audience.

  1. Revise and Refine:

Once you’ve drafted your introduction, revise and refine it. Ensure that each sentence serves a purpose and contributes to the overall coherence and flow of the introduction.

Remember that the introduction is the first impression your thesis makes on the reader, so it’s essential to make it engaging and informative. Consider seeking feedback from peers or advisors to refine your introduction further.

How can I write better?!

When completing any assignment in research or in your classes, the quality of your writing is very important. Below are some resources that may help in your writing.


Online Resources

Online guide to writing: Maytum Center for Student Success;Writing and Speaking Consultants at Allegheny College’s Writing Center

Online guide to writing: Available from the University of Maryland